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Tag: Johnson Candy Company


Easter candy – buy local around Tacoma for that basket

Pictured here are chocolate covered eggs, a chocolate covered marshmallow Peep and chocolate covered peanut butter smidgens. All are available at Johnson Candy in Tacoma. Photo by Jeremy Harrison/Staff photographer
Pictured here are chocolate covered eggs, a chocolate covered marshmallow Peep and chocolate covered peanut butter smidgens. An assortment of Easter candy is available at Johnson Candy in Tacoma, but stock is limited to what’s on hand.

I got smart and shopped earlier this week at the Johnson Candy Company for some Easter chocolate. I’ve had my cream eggs and solid chocolate bunnies for three days (and have managed to resist ripping into the foil and devouring them all). Have you bought yours? Here’s a last-minute guide to buying local for those Easter goodies. Read more »


Food gifting: Chocolate truffles and confectioneries around Tacoma

Truffles from the French Hen come with pretty designs painted onto the chocolates.

Editor’s note: This gifting series features edibles from South Sound food businesses. Check back daily through Dec. 23 for something new.

I rely on a category of foolproof holiday gifts when I don’t know what to buy someone – I give the gift of gluttony. Because nothing is as universal during the holidays as the need to stuff our faces. (January is for ditching those extra five pounds.)

Caramel sauce, freshly roasted coffee beans, truffles made in a cafe and tied up with a ribbon in a pretty box, a meat log, a cheese basket – all universal food gifts. They’re handmade and easily purchased right here in our community, mostly economical and you might even earn bonus points from the recipient for shopping local – a worthy endeavor any time of year.

The next few weeks, I’ll write about a different food gift every day. Check back daily for something new.

Today’s featured gift – truffles made at two local cafes and one of Tacoma’s oldest candy companies. I’ll also tell you where to score discounted candy from Brown & Haley. Read more »


Get local: Tacoma candy shops to buy chocolates for your Valentine

Truffles from Affairs in University Place (file photo)

The kind of chocolate you buy for your sweetheart can say a lot about you as a gift giver. Do you phone it in with a bag of Hershey kisses from Target? Or do you fail miserably at 9 p.m. Feb. 14 with a Hershey’s bar from the 76 station paired with one of those cheesy fabric roses (read: epic fail). Or do you make a sweeter, bolder, more local statement to your mate with chocolates made right here in Tacoma? Read more »